CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte women’s tennis wasted little time in its final home match of the 2016 campaign, dispatching Lenoir-Rhyne 7-0 Sunday afternoon at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex. It marked Senior Day for the 49ers, who honored the careers of Tyler Baker and Jessica Pérez prior to the contest in front of another strong showing by Niner Nation.
“I’m extremely proud of the team,” head coach Michaela Gorman said. “We’ve been working really hard on being positive and controlling our emotions and the controllables. I thought we’ve done a fantastic job of that over the past week. We’ve been really focused and everyone has been working hard for each other. And I’m really proud of them.”
The two seniors left everything out on the courts, as they each were victorious in their respective singles and doubles matches to assist in Charlotte (8-9) equaling its longest win streak of the campaign.
Baker opened her day as part of the No. 2 doubles pairing with junior Macy Vonderschmidt. The tandem topped Julia Ponomareva and Lucy Stofberg 6-1. The Niners senior then added a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Stofberg in singles action on the No. 4 court.
Pérez, who was seeing her first action of the spring dual match slate, combined with sophomore Fleur Holtkamp to hand Taylor Frederickson and Jessica Rumple a 6-2 setback in the No. 3 doubles tilt. Pérez then garnered a 6-2, 6-0 singles victory at the No. 6 slot against Rumple.
“For both seniors to go out today with wins on their last home match was awesome.”
The other doubles match, at No. 1, was a 6-3 win in the 49ers’ favor after freshman Tai Martin and junior Victoria Pahlett turned back Dominique Bruce and Marta Escanero Funes.
Charlotte’s momentum carried over into the remaining singles matches, as it collected three more in straight sets against the Bears.
Vonderschmidt was the first to finish with her 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Ponomareva at the No. 3 position, followed shortly by sophomore Megan Smith posting a 6-1, 6-0 decision against Frederickson in the No. 5 meeting.
Pahlett clinched the team win with her 6-0, 6-1 victory over Bruce in the No. 1 contest. The two seniors followed with their respective clinchers, leaving only one match left on the courts.
Martin battled through a tough fight from Funes, as the Lenoir-Rhyne (7-14) rookie seized the second set to force a decisive third. However, the Charlotte freshman regained control and used an ace for match point to hold off the challenge 6-4, 3-6, 10-5.
The 49ers will return to action with two away matches this week before they compete in the Conference USA Championships. Charlotte will meet UNC Greensboro at 1 p.m. Friday in Greensboro and play at Wofford in Spartanburg, South Carolina, at 1 p.m. Saturday in the regular-season finale.
Charlotte 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
No. 1 Victoria Pahlett (CHA) def. Dominique Bruce (L-R) 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 Tai Martin (CHA) def. Marta Escanero Funes (L-R) 6-4, 3-6, 10-5
No. 3 Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Julia Ponomareva (L-R) 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 Tyler Baker (CHA) def. Lucy Stofberg (L-R) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 Megan Smith (CHA) def. Taylor Fredrickson (L-R) 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 Jessica Pérez (CHA) def. Jessica Rumple (L-R) 6-2, 6-0
No. 1 Martin/Pahlett (CHA) def. Bruce/Funes (L-R) 6-3
No. 2 Baker/Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Ponomareva/Stofberg (L-R) 6-1
No. 3 Fleur Holtkamp/Pérez (CHA) def. Fredrickson/Rumple (L-R) 6-2